A lawn is an essential part of your home and greatly increases its appeal. Everyone is awed by a lovely, flawless carpet of grass, and you can also get that for yourself. Giving your lawn a facelift will take consistency, hard work and about three seasons, but you will end up with the most beautiful tuft on your block. Lawn care services like Tampa Lawn Care services can handle all your lawn maintenance throughout the seasons.
Here is a guide that will help you jumpstart your soil’s capability and wake your sleeping lawn:
Remove thatch and weeds
Thatch is the term used for all the dead but un-decomposed stems and roots that pool near the soil surface. Thatch and weeds tend to interfere with airflow and passage of water and nutrients. Thatch also predisposes you lawn to pests and disease. If the thickness of the spongy layer above the soil is more than 0.75-1 inch, you need to have your lawn dethatched. The best time for this operation would be when your lawn is thriving; like the spring or early fall.
Level up all the bumps and depressions
While you are dethatching your lawn, you also need to look out for depressions and bumps. These are caused by uneven settling, decomposing tree stumps and logs, and poor grading. You can use latex spray paint to mark these uneven areas so that they are easy to spot during leveling.
Adjust your soil pH
Soil pH is a crucial factor that affects the health of your tuft. Get a professional lab to guide you on how to obtain and pack a sample, then send it over. You can also ask for assistance on how to adjust your soil pH.
Add nutrients and organic matter
Depending on what your soil pH is, you can now add natural, slow-release fertilizers and pelletized compost to your lawn. To further enhance the activity of fertilizers, also apply organic matter and microbes. The optimum concentration of microbes would be 2-5%.
Aerate compact lawns
Human traffic and lawn machinery can compact your yard and make it hard for microbes and roots to penetrate the soil deeply. Aeration is done to allow better penetration of fertilizer and organic matter to the root zone. You can use a handheld or machine aerator. Avoid aerating during the summer when most lawns are already spent, and during weeds’ peak seasons to reduce weed infestation.
Prepare and overseed your surface
Choose seeds that will most likely thrive in your area. To prepare your surface, use a thatching rake to roughen it by at least half an inch. Start by applying seeds to the edges then apply to the rest of the surface, while paying extra attention to bare areas. Cover the entire area evenly with a mixture of compost and soil then spread more seeds on top. When the young plants start to sprout, water them at least twice a day in the absence of rain.
As seen above, getting a healthy lawn has very little to do with applying loads of herbicides, pesticides and other potentially harmful chemicals. In the case of harmful insects or even snakes, you should simply use snake repellants. Besides that, you need to start from the soil up and enrich it with organic matter.